14 February 2009 Military News
- US Envoy Meets Afghan Officials in Kabul VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- The U.S. envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has met with top Afghan officials in Kabul as part of a trip reviewing U.S. policies in the region. Officials in Kabul say they lobbied Holbrooke for more U.S. troops and reconstruction funds.
- Germany names special envoy on Afghanistan: report IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has reportedly named Germany's Ambassador to India Bernd Muetzelburg to become the special envoy on Afghanistan, the Hamburg-based Der Spiegel news magazine said Saturday
- Suspected US missiles strike kills 28 in Pakistan's South Waziristan IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- A suspected US drone on Saturday fired two missiles into a home in Pakistan's South Waziristan tribal agency, killing at least 28 people, local tribesmen in the area said.
- Pakistani president says no alternative to fighting extremists IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari said Saturday that there was no alternative to fighting the extremists and ending militancy.
- Pakistan gov't responsible for killing own people in tribal areas IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- Political analyst and a senior scholar Dr. Shireen M. Mazari on Saturday held the government responsible for killing its own people in tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
- Suspected US Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills More Than 20 VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- A suspected U.S. missile strike by an unmanned plane has destroyed an al-Qaida hideout in a remote Pakistani border region, killing at least 20 people and wounding many others.
- Pakistan Works to Free Kidnapped UN Official VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- Pakistan says it has good leads in efforts to free a kidnapped U.N. official whose captors have set a deadline to kill him.
Defense Policy / Programs
- Sarkozy threatens boycott of NATO summit over seating plan dispute IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy has triggered a major row over the seating arrangement at the upcoming NATO Summit, scheduled to be co-hosted by Germany and France in early April, Der Spiegel news magzine said in a report Sunday.
- Economic Crisis Overlays all Threats Facing U.S., Intel Chief Says AFPS 14 Feb 2009 -- The global economic crisis colors all other threats confronting the United States, the new director of national intelligence told the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Feb. 12
- Israel to Hamas: Release Soldier or No Truce VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- Talks on a long-term cease-fire between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip have hit a snag.
- 1 killed, 13 injured as LTTE attack bus carrying war refugees IRNA 14 Feb 2009 -- Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels lobbed a grenade and opened fire at a bus transporting civilians out of Sri Lanka's war zone on Saturday, killing one woman and wounding 13, the Defense Ministry said.
- Russia praises UN for extending observer mandate in Georgia, Abkhazia RIA Novosti 14 Feb 2009 -- The UN Security Council's resolution on extending a mandate of a UN observer mission in Georgia and Abkhazia will ensure stability in the region, Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.
- As War Rages, Sri Lanka Braces For Flood of Refugees VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- Tens of thousands of people fleeing the Sri Lanka's civil war are taking refuge in government-run relief camps in the north. Many more are expected in the weeks ahead as the country's 25-year war appears to be grinding to an end. That is creating a difficult humanitarian situation.
- Somali Parliament Endorses New Prime Minister VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- The Somali parliament endorsed President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's choice for prime minister by an overwhelming margin Saturday.
- Ethiopian PM Sees Touts Moderation Trend in Somalia VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the rise to power of moderate Islamists in Somalia has vindicated his decision to send troops to drive out extremists who were threatening to turn the country into a haven for terrorists.
- Tens of Thousands of Lebanese Commemorate Hariri Assassination VOA 14 Feb 2009 -- Several hundred thousand people jammed Beirut's Martyrs' Square, Saturday, to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri's. The demonstration is viewed by many as a show of support for the anti-Syrian March 14 movement in the leadup to legislative elections this spring.
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